The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders, to disregard the position of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and save Gambians “from the clutches of unbridled and brutish Yahaya Jammeh’s dictatorship.”
The party made the call in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Kate Offor, on Wednesday.
Ekweremadu had in a press statement through his media assistant, Uche Anichukwu, warned against military action in Gambia, following the presidential election, saying such could threaten the security of the entire sub-region.
Ekweremadu had called for sanctions in line with the traditions and relevant protocols of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Jammeh who has been in power for 22 years had lost the December 1, 2016 presidential election, but vowed not to hand over to the winner, Adama Barrow.
Reacting through the statement by Mrs Offor, Enugu APC condemned in its entirety what it called “the anti-democratic, unconstitutional and unstatesmanlike mercenary statement of Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President and former Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament to the effect that military option should be shelved in an effort to save the good people of Gambia from the bondage-shackles of Yahaya Jammeh’s dictatorship.”
Offor said: “We are making this statement because we are witnesses of how the anti-democratic unconstitutional and self serving advice of Senator Ekweremadu contributed in no small measure in the less than glorious regimes of His Excellencies, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani and Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
“Otherwise, how can Ekweremadu on one breathe admit that, ‘I am aware that several high level meetings have been held and several missions undertaken to the Gambia as a way of finding solution to the problem’ and on another breathe fully aware that Jammeh who is not only defiant but takes himself as the sole owner of Gambia, will ever vacate office without force, but canvas kid glove rapprochemore?
“Is Ekweremadu as a former Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament not aware that up to this moment that Jammeh’s hand is stained with blood of innocent Gambians? Or that at this moment people are in droves fleeing Gambia and if the country is not saved by ECOWAS Authority Heads of States under the genuine Protocols which in no way violates the sovereignty of Gambia, the country will finally slide into a failed state. Which Rule of Law is he talking about when the Supreme Court of Gambia under Jammeh has only one justice?”
Offor, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and his colleagues Heads of State, “to disregard the ranting of mercenaries like Ekweremadu and save Gambians from the clutches of unbridled and brutish Jammeh’s dictatorship.”